Making It Real for High School Students
It’s exciting to see high school students involved in actually doing things that will have an impact on their futures. The Rocket City Space Pioneers have often talked about our partnership with the Huntsville Center for Technology and the great things the students and instructors there are doing. Mike Evans, Drafting Design instructor, said, “Working with the Rocket City Space Pioneers is an exciting and beneficial opportunity for my Drafting Design students. It allows my students to work with engineers on projects that simulate real work experiences. Since most of my drafting students here at the Huntsville Center for Technology plan to enter engineering careers, the educational value of such projects is priceless. This will provide them the opportunity to build portfolios and resumes that will put them above most high school students. “Being a part of this team allows my students to get outside the realm of traditional design textbooks. As a couple of my students said ‘It is really, really, really fun.’" I agree that these real work experiences are extremely valuable. Most high school students don’t have an opportunity to experience what being in a particular career is like until they complete their education and actually get a job in their field. Students in technology schools such as HCT get to experience firsthand what their jobs will be like, and students working on the Rocket City Space Pioneers’ project are getting a special bonus, an opportunity to participate in making history and playing a part in contributing to humanity. We are excited to involve high school and college students in this project and we hope in makes a positive difference in their lives! Janet Felts RCSP Public Outreach Liaison Huntsville Center for Technology students and Mike Evans, instructor, present RCSP team leader, Tim Pickens, with a prototype of the RCSP lander.